Reel Talk: Independence, Fantastic Beasts, and Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

First off, I am no Trekker. So of the events of this trailer may excite feelings and emotions in hardcore fans that I cannot connect with. With that said, I am a fan of the two newest films by J. J. Abrams and A casual fan of the Star Trek: Next Generation series. This trailer was kind of meh for me.

I’m intrigued by this film, mainly due to my enjoyment of the previous films. This trailer seems to host the best of the franchise, humor, character interactions, and exploration of new worlds and civilizations. Other than that, this trailer does nothing in my opinion to generate interest or excitement the likes of which other recent trailers have. I’ll have to wait for the second trailer to see if it’s the movie rather than the continuation of the franchise that has me wanting to watch this movie.

Independence Day: Resurgence

From the start I was entertained by this trailer. I enjoyed the original film from the early 90s and there are definitely some tributes to that film. The speech given by the President from the 90s original was utilized in this trailer. I found that very effective.

We didn’t get to see the aliens or much action revolving around them, but it wasn’t needed. Nowadays too many trailers reveal too much about a movie. This trailer was all I needed. I’ll probably go see this film. I don’t need any more to get me intrigued with the story.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It’s back. That magical world we were so immersed in with the Harry Potter franchise. This trailer is very simple and doesn’t reveal much in the form of new footage. It however, sets up the main plot for the first film.

The setting has shifted to New York, in a much older, Noir style time period. We were treated with seeing the new main character played by Eddie Redmayne cast a spell. And just like that, we’re back at the mercy of J. K. Rowling’s magical world.

It will be interesting to see how the script turns out. This is an extremely important project for J. K. Rowlings. Her success has given her enough sway to convince Hollywood to buy a script she had written versus an adaptation of her novels. This could be a turning point in her career. Furthermore, writing a script is much different then writing a novel. You have a host of other variables and factors to consider.


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